Disable autoloading Flash in Google Chrome

April 9th, 2016

Flash is dying on the decline but it’s still used as a security exploit actively. If you want to add that extra layer of protection, there are a few things you can do.
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Python Cheatsheet (v 2.7)

March 29th, 2016

Here’s a few quick references for python developers.

Here are some python tips & tricks that can be useful for beginners.

Merge tuples

t1 = ('a','b','c') 
a1 = ['j','k'] 
result = t1+tuple(a1)
# result == ('a','b','c','j','k')

# note here I'm converting a list into tuple right away - so you can mix/match tuples/lists this way

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Displaying calendar on your Mac desktop

March 11th, 2014

This is a very simple way to get calendar displayed on your OSX desktop (Tested on OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) ).
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Google Chrome feature as a security hole

July 24th, 2012

For anyone unfamiliar with it, Google Chrome is probably one of the most decent browsers out there. But then again anything is better than internet explorer *shudder*. It’s also perfect for developers, however the developer feature can be a major security concern. Read the rest of this entry »

Hide Twitter app icon from the dock

July 5th, 2012

This solution has been tested on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4.

It’s really quite simple. Change plist value of LSUIElement from FALSE to TRUE, and that’s it.

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Lion remote wake up (aka VNC sleep fix)

June 28th, 2012

Another bug I found in OS X Lion (is Lion the Windows ME of Apple??) is VNC/remote desktop issues when the screen is asleep.

Here’s the scenario: you have screen sharing set up on your lion machine, you go to work, your screen successfully goes to sleep in the meantime, you try to VNC into your machine and presto get TIMEOUT. Apparently on Lion the wake mechanism wasn’t designed to wake up on any VNC/screen sharing signal, so you’re out of luck here.

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Change TimeMachine Schedule on OS X Lion

June 25th, 2012

So for Leopard I used a nifty app called TimeMachineEditor but on Mac OS X Lion it refused to do the job properly. So I decided to cheat the TimeMachine.

Here’s the gist of it:
1. Turn off automatic TM backups
2. Create a script file that manually runs TM backup
3. Put that script on a daily (or weekly) schedule.

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iPad stylus/pen reviews

April 22nd, 2012

First off, there are TONS of styli(?) out there, most of which are either useless or close to it. I’ve tried 4-5 different ones, plus a couple of home-made ones. Here’s what I found: those that boast tiny contact surface and still claim 100% perfect contact = LIES. Any touch interface requires certain surface contact area, unless they managed to take advantage of quantum tunnelling…

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Handwriting/Note taking apps for iPad – overview

November 27th, 2010

I’ll get right to the point:

There are plenty of apps out there, but don’t be fooled, the price of the app doesn’t always reflect its quality!

Here’s just an overview of several apps. I will only mention functionally important features, any quirks or minor bugs (not directly related to usability) are not covered here. Read the rest of this entry »

VNC/Remote Control client apps review

November 18th, 2010

Here is a brief overview of the four VNC/remote control clients that I found useful.

First up is Chicken of the VNC.

It’s a dead simple app with no bells and whistles.

It’s a free program and it does the job quite well. There are no annoying ads or purchase reminders or time limits. It has decent options or profile presets. Connects to both Mac and Windows VNC servers. Should work with Linux servers as well, although I haven’t tried. Read the rest of this entry »